Improvisation is a discipline that can be challenging, but with the right approach can be the most rewarding and liberating of all the performing arts. Sometimes you need to come up with characters very quickly, and sometimes you have to be yourself. This workshop will focus on Russell’s “must have’s” for your improvisation toolbox. We will focus on honing your performance skills, and use the “Hero’s journey” model to enhance your ability to be an improviser/story-teller. And you’ll have lots of fun
Bio of host
Russell is an actor, director, writer and MC, and is the Warmup Guy and Audition Host for FAMILY FEUD. Russell has been long associated with improvisation in Australia and has represented Melbourne Theatresports many times nationally and internationally. He hosts the incomparable SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY and CELEBRITY THEATRESPORTS, has won a World Improv Championship (Montreal), and is the only Australian to have appeared on the UK’s WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
Russell and his partner Sarah Kinsella are corporate entertainers and trainers with their company THE DECENT PEOPLE. His acclaimed solo shows include, JEST LIKE DANNY KAYE, KING OF FOOLS, JUMP RALPH, JUMP! and David Sedaris’s SANTALAND DIARIES. Theatre: SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS (1989 - 1996), NOISES OFF (with Marina Prior), CYRANO DE BERGERAC (MTC), and hit national tours of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), CERTIFIED MALE, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, THE 39 STEPS, and YES PRIME MINISTER. In 2014 Russell reprised his milkman from Yorkshire in THE KITCHEN SINK for Red Stitch Actors Theatre’s Victorian tour. In 2015 he featured in the docudrama DEATH OR LIBERTY.
He has collaborated and directed for some of our finest comedians such as Alan Brough, Denise Scott, Lawrence Mooney, Frank Woodley, Jenny Wynter, and Stephen Hall. For the stage Russell has also directed for Arena Theatre Company, Ilbijerri, the 007 hit "BONDARAMA", and for Melbourne International Comedy Festival, THE THREE MIKADOS with Colin Lane, David Collins and Esther Hannaford."